Kelly Hasn’t Won 11th World Title Just Yet! Quik & ASP Jump the Gun!

November 4th, 2011 | By | 3,634 Comments

Well this is embarassing… Days after littering Ocean Beach with Ke11y Tees, hats and signs, rumors began to circulate about the champ celebrating preemptively. (Updated: 12:00pm PST)

According to Slater’s twitter page and now confirmed by the ASP, Kelly hasn’t yet officially taken the 11th World title. In a miscalculation Slater was mistakenly awarded 2011 World Champ Title prematurely. There are still several possible scenarios where Aussie surfer, Owen Wright could become the 2011 champ.

This morning he jokingly tweeted, “Hang on to that KS10 gear if you have some… just in case. HaHa.” and later twitted, “@aspworldtour isn’t gonna be happy with me or this but realized last night and confirmed just now with them. Only honest thing to do.” Then, “In all seriousness, there may be an honest mistake or computer glitch and we’re getting to the bottom of it now.”

Check out slater’s Twitter Page for yourself:!/kellyslater

Now all eyes are on Owen to see if we’ll truly have a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Either way I think it’s safe to say that Slater’s got this in the bag, if not those Ke11y tees will be pretty hilarious collectibles. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the “Surf Off” Scenario below.

Go Ke1?y!

– If Kelly wins either Round 4 or 5 (one more heat win) in San Francisco, he will confirm his 2011 ASP World Title.
– If Kelly fails to win another heat in San Francisco, Owen must win this event to send the 2011 ASP World Title race to Hawaii.
– If the race goes to Hawaii, Kelly must advance out of one heat to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. If Kelly fails to advance through a heat at Pipeline, Owen must also win this event to stay in the 2011 ASP World Title Race.
– If Kelly fails to advance out of another heat this season, and Owen wins in San Francisco and Pipeline, the two will tie at best of nine, eight, seven, etc. events, and the 2011 ASP World Title will be decided in a “Surf Off”.

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Whale Nearly Hits Kayakers and Woman on Longboard

November 4th, 2011 | By | 2,770 Comments

Check out this close call where humpback whale nearly lands on top of some kayakers and a woman on a longboard. No it’s not Moby Dick lunging up from the watery abyss, it’s just one of many humpback whales that congregated off the Santa Cruz coastline this past Wednesday. The whales gathered just off the pier at Cowell’s to feed on the closer than average bait balls.

Instead of letting these beautiful behemoths feed in peace, hoards of novice sea enthusiast paddled out for a closer look. Whether it was out of ignorance or sheer stupidity these folks didn’t care to think about the consequences of sitting right in the middle of a feeding frenzy. Besides whales, large schools of anchovies often attract other predatory animals and, in the frosty waters of SC county, who knows what else could be lurking beneath. Then again these are probably the same geniuses that’d like to swim with the seals.

Particularly infuriating is when an man says, “never paddled out this far before” at 9 seconds into the clip. It’s obvious these people are not “surfers” (as Yahoo deems them) and furthermore these folks lack an understanding and respect of the ocean. Hopefully everyone can learn something from this incident and avoid another close call with marine wildlife.

The SC harbor patrol and Dept of Fish and Game began issuing warnings to keep people away from the feeding whales.

Read more about it here

The Layered Look: 2 in 1 Hoodies – RVCA, Quiksilver

November 3rd, 2011 | By | 4,331 Comments

No Undershirt…No Problem. A little contrast color and material on sleeves and collars can give you maximum style with minimal effort. The layered look is the perfect fall fashion that does all the work for you.

The hip designers at RVCA and Quiksilver paired these hoodies with mellow colors for almost any occasion. For the guy with the broken washing machine and no clean shirts, you can just roll out of bed into this baby without looking like a total dirtbag.

Here’s two of our favorites that everyone will be copying next year.


Special Feature: Cotton/Polyester fabric blend helps this hoody repel moisture (inside and out)


Special Feature:  You don’t have to actually go “vest shopping” to get this look



Kelly Slater Clinches 11th World Title -Tribute to Andy Irons

November 2nd, 2011 | By | 1,233 Comments

San Francisco – Exactly one year after the passing of A.I. (the driving force behind Slater’s comeback) Kelly clinched an unprecedented 11th world surfing title. With the first world title ever won on American Soil, KS10 just evolved into KE11y.

After cruising through a breezy bumpy first round, the winds switch off-shore for his second round bout against Aussie Dan Ross. The rifling barrels were shutting down on surfers all morning and his heat was no exception. After a few closeouts, he threw down some of his signature snaps for a come-from-behind victory over Rossy by a single point.

As Kelly delivered his victory speech, world #2 Owen Wright posted the highest wave scores of the event. A respectable response for losing the title race by the second year pro.

The second oldest guy on tour was chaired up the beach for something that we’ll never see again. Statistical probabilities like winning his 11th title on 11/11/11, and dangers like Dusty’s shark sighting enhanced the drama. But the only special coincidences came when he clinched on the one year anniversary of AI’s passing.

A moment of silence for Andy Irons

Kelly published a story this morning about the heavy experiences he and Andy went through.

“I’ve been asked for many opinions and interviews about Andy Irons and the situations and decisions that lead to his early departure from our world. It’s not something I take lightly. I have my own opinions about not only Andy’s choices and how he ultimately got to the place he did”

Read the whole passage on The Initertia

The Rip Curl Pro Search cemented its claim to hosting a historical series of events with their “floating license” to hold a world tour event in a different location each season. The critics of this year’s big city venues are eating their words with the epic conditions we’ve seen in during this year’s world title race.

And of course people were already asking about his race for #12 during his acceptance speech.